Former Govt. turned a blind eye to Tamil unemployed graduates’ woes | Sunday Observer

Former Govt. turned a blind eye to Tamil unemployed graduates’ woes

11 November, 2018

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s previous government offered 55,000 jobs to unemployed graduates and the recruitment was made during 2009-2010 but the ‘good governance’ government of Ranil Wickremesinghe offered only jobs to 4,500 unemployed graduates after repeated assurances of jobs to all unemployed graduates, President of the Organisation of Ampara District Unemployed Tamil Graduates (OADUTG) Marippody Thileepan told the Sunday Observer.

He said the Ranil Wickremesinghe government had not kept up to its assurances to the Tamils or to the unemployed Tamil graduates.

At present, there are 53,000 unemployed Tamil graduates in the Eastern province and they request the TNA to take a neutral stand under the current political situation and not to support the Ranil Wickremesinghe block.

Former premier Wickremesinghe turned a blind eye when the unemployed Tamil graduates staged protest demonstrations in cities of the North and East continuously for two months but on the contrary during the Rajapaksa regime jobs were offered on a single occasion to 55,000 graduates throughout the island, including to a considerable number in the East, and also gave motorbikes to government field officers at subsidised prices, Thileepan said.

The release of Tamil political prisoners is another important issue which the former government continued to ignore and, therefore, the TNA should take a neutral stand, he has stated.